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Robotics Engineering (Foundation Entry) MEng

Robotics Engineering (Foundation Entry) MEng

School of Engineering

UCAS Code

B667

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B667; Short form: MeRE/Fe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MEng

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Expand your expertise with the technical depth and project work experience you need to progress further in a robotics career on our MEng degree programme. The extra year’s study leads to a deeper understanding of the subject and its real-world application. You’ll get the chance to work on a wider range of projects, including group work that could involve our professional partners and collaborators - BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, the NHS and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance among others. And just as importantly, you’ll develop a range of transferable skills, like teamwork, decision-making, delegation, identifying and solving problems, and communication - all skills employers prize.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Late Applications

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT

Continued

  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Year 2 and 3

Compulsory modules

  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Electronic Engineering Practice
  • Digital Electronics
  • Software Development 1
  • Introduction to Mechanics

Optional modules - choose one

  • Engineering Analysis A 
  • Engineering Analysis B

Compulsory modules

  • Robotic Systems
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Electronic System Applications
  • Digital Systems
  • Software Development 2

Optional modules - choose one

  • Data Communications
  • Electronic Systems

Year 3 and 4

Compulsory modules

  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Microcontroller Systems
  • System on Programmable Chip
  • Project
  • Engineering Professionalism

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Compulsory modules

  • Integrated Digital System Design
  • Digital Signal & Image Processing B
  • The Engineer & Society
  • Group Project
  • Individual Project

Further Information

Senior academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Chartered Engineers (CEng) with real-world industrial experience. UCLan practices research informed teaching, and the course team includes reviewers and editors with IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis and other publishers. They contribute to industrial and professional advisory panels and help write international engineering standards. Subject matter expertise includes the following general domains: Advanced Manufacturing; Circuit Design; Data Communications; Embedded Real-time Systems; Intelligent Systems; Signal Processing; Measurement and Control; and Robotics.

The MEng (Hons) Robotics Engineering course aim is to develop graduates with a broad understanding of current technology and practice in electronic engineering, covering the relevant aspects of electro-mechanical systems and additional specialist areas according to the option modules studied.

The discipline of robotics engineering encompasses a wide skills base and the emphasis of this course is the design of complex systems for tele-operated, semi-autonomous and autonomous robots and incorporates aspects of sensing, control theory, computational intelligence and computing. The course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply themselves to the design of mechatronic systems for a variety of applications and the transferrable skills to find employment in a diverse set of industrial and commercial sectors.

The course:

  • Meets the requirements for accreditation of the programme by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, which is expected to complete the review at the next stage
  • Provides an extended, enhanced, and industrially relevant integrated master’s programme of study in preparation for professional practice
  • Produces resourceful, competent, clear-thinking professional engineers with a range of skills and experience relevant to today’s engineering industry
  • Equips graduates with knowledge, skills, experience, and understanding which underpin a professional career in engineering

The MEng fulfils all of the necessary academic requirements on the route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status which is the distinguishing professional qualification in the employment market. Employability is central to our degree provision and you will be taught the basic aspects of electronic engineering to ensure you have the skills required to succeed in industry. Course delivery allows for you to specialise in your chosen area depending on module choices, including digital design, signal processing, real-time systems, neural networks and communications. This ensures your studies are shaped to suit your career aspirations.

Benefits of an MEng (Hons)

  • An MEng (Hons) degree is at master's level
  • You will have the opportunity to work on a greater range of projects, including group work which could include involvement with our partners and industrial collaborators such as BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, NHS, and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance
  • The MEng (Hons) provides a greater depth of study and development of transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, delegation, identifying and solving problems, and communication
  • MEng (Hons) graduates are able to command higher starting salaries   

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £6,400 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Our partners and industrial collaborators include: BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, NHS, and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

You can benefit from industrial sponsorship. You will typically work full time in a junior engineering position at a local company while studying part time. Undergraduate students are able to take a placement year in industry before the final year. Successful completion of the industrial placement module is recognised by the endorsement “with industrial placement” in the award title.

Professional Accreditation

The BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng course has been submitted for accreditation.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including traditional lectures, laboratory-based sessions using specialist facilities, computer sessions and simulations, tutorials, design exercises and directed study. The practical facilities are located in a purpose-built building with impressive computer facilities and dedicated laboratories.

Assessment uses formal examinations and coursework. The balance of assessment varies from module to module; a typical breakdown over the full course is in the range 60%-70% examination, 30%-40% coursework, exclusive of major individual project work. 

Opportunities

There are opportunities for paid, real-world industrial experience working on ERDF funded commercial projects connected to local industry in the North West, and Summer Undergraduate Internships, working on actual research projects - we recently placed a student with NASA.

The majority of graduates embark on careers in high value manufacturing. A course module that will help you plan your career as an engineering professional is part of your degree programme.

Opportunities for further study include a taught postgraduate MSc course in Digital Signal and Image Processing or Renewable Energy Engineering. The School has significant research activity in this area and graduates can opt for an MSc, MPhil or PhD with the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing (ADSIP) Research Centre, Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) Research Centre or Centre for Power and Energy Management.

Career options in Robotic Engineering are varied - you could go on to work in high value manufacturing, industrial and commercial sectors, aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development. A course module to help you plan your career as an engineering professional is part of your degree programme.

Facilities

You’ll enjoy access to world-class resources through the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) facility. An opportunity to experience state-of-the-art manufacturing hardware and software systems developed during research at UCLan, including CISCO industrial networks, industrial automation, MES, RFID and Fanuc & Kuka industrial robots.
 

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